Knives out (Review)

Rian Johnson’s latest film is a detective story and certainly one of the best that 2019 has proposed. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, well you can’t miss this movie, the twists and turns of the plot are like the steps necessary to solve a Rubik’s cube – apparently simple but brilliant.

But let’s move on to the story. Elder and billionaire Harlan Thrombey, a writer of detective books, is found dead in his bed after a dinner with friends and relatives and all the clues suggest that it is suicide. The detective hired to solve the case, Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Crig), interrogates all the relatives of the victim who would have benefit from the huge inheritance. He discovers that everyone has reasons for resentment towards the elderly writer. However, at the opening of the will it turns out that Harlan Thrombey’s entire legacy will go to his charming young South American nurse Marta (played by Ana de Armas). It is at this point that Blanc’s investigation focuses on the young nurse, the only one who despite having attended the party was excluded from the list of suspects because she was considered the only one who could not have benefit from her elderly benefactor. To solve the mystery, you will have to watch the entire film paying attention to every single detail, as for every self-respecting detective movie…

Like a classic thriller, all the suspects end up accusing each other, being at the same time a little complicit and a little guilty without the viewer being able to unbalance who is right or wrong. It is precisely what makes this a perfect enjoyable film, the fact that the director is always ahead of the spectator’s deduction.

Knives out is to be considered as one of the best films of 2019, among the top 10, according to the magazine Time. It also received 97% of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. So, what are you waiting for to watch it? Will you be able to solve the mystery on your own?

Picture: Claire Folger/Lionsgate

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